Social distancing is the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance from other people––it does not require emotional distancing. In fact, in the wake of the coronavirus* (COVID-19) pandemic, we need the support from others now more than ever. This pandemic tests our patience, coping ability, and self-reliance. And in these uncertain times, we can all benefit from the support of others in a wide variety of ways.
In fact, regular exercise provides a wide range of benefits that not only improve your health but also make self-isolation and social distancing easier. Social distancing can make it hard to maintain a regular exercise program, though, and many people will likely lose their motivation to exercise when they have to do it alone at home.
Created with their members in mind, the iFit Community has designed a safe place where people can support and motivate each other through their personal journeys. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot think of a better time to join this uplifting group.
How To Find Support Within The iFit® Community During The Age Of Social Distancing
Let’s go over how iFit can be your go-to source for support and motivation for your health, fitness, entertainment, and escape at a time when it seems like the rest of the world is standing still.
Have A Positive And Productive Space
Your home is now so much more than a place to sleep––it is now your main office, gym, and restaurant. You may have transformed your dining room table into your child’s homeschooling desk, for example, and turned your kitchen into a 24-hour convenience store that now offers chef-prepared meals. If you are like many people, you are also transitioning one small space into a computer workstation so you can be productive at your job.
As you reconfigure your home into a place where you can practice self-isolation in comfort and style with all the necessary things to keep you active and busy, you will also need to maintain this space in order to keep yourself productive, especially your workout space.
Your workout space should be large enough to accommodate your workout safely and comfortably. In order to avoid distractions and to keep your workouts interesting, the supportive iFit community offers the perfect balance of distraction and focus to keep you grounded and engaged in your workouts.
Lack of accountability is one of the biggest problems with home workouts. Without an instructor or workout buddies with you at home, you may be tempted to shorten your workout or even skip days. Luckily, members within the iFit community work as a support group to hold you accountable and keep you motivated. Even the ability to challenge other members to a workout can be a motivating force to keep you consistent.
Perhaps most importantly of all, the iFit Community is a safe space for everyone to share their fitness journey, hopes, fears, goals, and motivations during a time that we all feel a little lost, anxious, and worn out.
Access New iFit Workouts
Working out alone can leave you in a rut. Without outside inspiration, you might end up doing the same old workout day after day. Not only is this boring, but it is also dangerous. People who do the same type of exercise every day are more prone to injury than are those who vary their workouts. This is because the daily workouts of the same muscle groups, known as overtraining, does not allow enough time for those muscles to heal between workouts.
Luckily, the iFit Community shares new iFit workouts to shake things up. Engaging in new workouts can keep you engaged and even help you break through a plateau––generating better results.
Schedule In Your Workouts Ahead Of Time
Regular exercise is important to your health during “normal” times, but engaging in physical activity can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and other stressful periods.
To help you manage your efforts and time more efficiently, the iFit Community is a great place to find new iFit workouts and check out their reviews by members who have already accomplished them. You can also gain some insight on new global and studio workouts, get to know iFit trainers and their workout styles, and so much more. This way, it’s easier and faster to schedule in the workouts of your choosing and avoid those excuses of not knowing what to workout each day, thanks to the recommendations of other members.
Stay Connected With Others
The iFit Community page makes it easier to stay connected with others, which is vital to combating the effects of the social isolation that often accompanies social distancing. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that reaching out to those you trust “is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.”
Your iFit Community is available for you 24/7 with participating members from all over the world, so you can stay social while receiving support and motivation in return during this difficult time.
Learn Something New
Give yourself something new to look forward to during the dull days of social distancing. Learning something and sharing your discoveries with others in the iFit Community can help you feel engaged and connected even when you’re stuck at home. People are glad to share their experiences with their iFit workouts, recipes, and other experiences with like-minded members. The iFit platform promotes this constant conversation in hopes of keeping the support, motivation, and inspiration going for all.
Create A Change And Set Goals
Finding your reason to move your body each day may be challenging for some, especially during days that are gloomy and uneventful. A 2018 study showed that a restriction in movement could lead to an impairment in muscle and/or brain performance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also adds to this by saying that exercise can help you manage your weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday tasks. So, the importance of doing some form of movement each day is high, especially during this time of limitation.
To motivate yourself to get up and move, collaborate with other iFit members to create a challenging new workout. The ability of utilizing Google Maps™ and creating your own challenges with like-minded members within the community makes working out even more enticing. Not only may this help inspire you to work out, but it may also help you stay committed. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself within an accountable relationship with others and the question of even working out may slowly diminish through time.
Empower Yourself With Inspiration
Empower yourself by watching someone else’s journey or let yourself be a part of that person’s journey. As the old saying goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
There are so many incredible stories shared by different iFit members because it is a safe and supportive environment. Together, we can beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Join the iFit Community and go farther together, despite social distancing.
DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. NordicTrack assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article. Always follow the safety precautions included in the owner’s manual of your fitness equipment. *It is recommended that individuals continue to check the CDC’s website given the fluid and evolving nature of their warnings.
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